The annual Diocesan Youth Ministry Awards were given out on Mother’s Day this year. Each year, Directors of Religious Education, Youth Ministers, and Pastors nominate outstanding members of their youth groups for consideration for the St. Timothy Award. From these nominations, a committee appointed by the Pastoral Life Office s elects o ne y outh f rom each Deanery who best characterizes the goals of our diocesan youth ministries to receive this highest youth honor awarded by the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry. This year’s recipients are Julia Mazanek from St. Mary parish in Savannah and Caroline Landaiche from St. Peter parish in Memphis. The awards were given during special presentations during the Sunday masses.
Julia Mazanek has participated in numerous service projects for the sick, elderly, and shut-ins of her parish. She volunteers as a lector for youth masses, and is described by her youth director as “an outstanding student and athlete. She is conscientious, hardworking, and has a beautiful character.” She will graduate Hardin County High School on May 18, 2018. She plans to attend Mississippi State this fall.
Caroline Landaiche has been involved with the youth group for the past 6 years. She has gone above and beyond for years in creating an active group. Caroline is a kind leader with a heart of evangelization and hospitality. She shows great initiative, inviting other youth to weekday mass and dinner and sharing a talk at her parish youth retreat. She will graduate St. Mary’s Episcopal School on May 21, 2018. After graduation, she plans to attend Spring Hill College.
Outs tanding Senior Nominees also included Autumn Price of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Paris, Joseph Orgeron of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Memphis, Savannah Stovall of St. Louis Catholic Church in Memphis, Erin Haff of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Memphis, Sam Mangin of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Germantown, and Sydney Smith of St. Ann Catholic Church in Bartlett.